This is one of my all-time favorite books. I have only read the unabridged version so I cannot compare how much more in-depth it is compared to an abridged version. Even though this book is long, I cannot imagine how any part of the story could be omitted for the sake of brevity.
I was completely engrossed in the story from the very beginning. This book is a true classic and is well worth the time it takes to invest in reading it. Don't let the thickness of this book turn you away...Even at the very end I was still left wanting more.
This is one of the thickest books I've ever read, and it was worth every page. Don't be daunted by the size, the complete, unabridged Count of Monte Cristo is not just one of the best adventure stories ever written, but one of the best stories period. The simplicity of the story conceals everything the story has to say about life; the expectations, disappointments, despairs, hatreds, loves, joys and bittersweetness that everyone experiences. This book is timeless and unforgettable.
Don't be daunted by the bricklike appearance of this book. The writing is extremely engaging and the pages will fly by so fast you'll wish it never ends.
Edmond Dantes loves his father; has a beautiful, perfect, and loving fiancee; and is poised to become captain of a whole ship at the tender age of nineteen. Then, in a couple of hours, he loses everything, the victim of slander by some jealous and ambitious "friends."
Locked away in an underground dungeon on an island prison for 14 years, Edmond learns of a massive treasure buried on the island of Monte Cristo. When he finally manages to escape, Edmond is a changed man--for better or for worse--and vows to use the island's treasure to exact complete revenge on the men who ruined his life.
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO reads easily and contains a myriad of characters you will get to know as well as the back of your hand. It is exciting and difficult to put down once you start. Get the Penguin edition translated by Robin Buss for the best read. I highly recommend that everyone read this book!
I was hesitant reading a book that was originally written in 1844 by a Frenchman and translated, but I am so happy that I did!! It is now one of my all time favourite books ever. It was beautifully written and smooth flowing. I honestly DID NOT want to stop reading this book ... I read it late at night until my eyes crossed and then thought about what I had just read until I fell asleep and couldn't wait to begin reading again the next day. I think this is a book that everyone should read at least once, as who hasn't wished revenge ...
An excellent tale, and nothing more need be said about Dumas. This is a nice edition. Abridged, but almost 700 pages. Pocket-sized hardcover, gold edged pages, nicely done and handy for travelling, briefcase, etc.
This is one of my all time favorite books!!! This is a book that I could read over and over and never get tired of it. With over 1200 pages you'd think that there would be some boring parts but the whole book was amazing, I absolutely love it!!
This classic tale of revenge was an incredible read, but like revenge itself, left an emptiness. Perhaps that was the author's intention?
If you've seen the recent movie but haven't yet read the book, be prepared for a different ending. The movie takes a typical Hollywood turn, tying loose ends up neatly with a bow, a typical Hollywood-spun happily-ever-after closing. The book, on the other hand, boasts a not altogether unhappy ending, but a less than fairy tale one. The man who lost everything came to financial power and ruined those who'd wronged him. Unlike the movie version, he did not recover that which had been lost to him---he simply destroyed it and walked away.
I'm a huge fan of The Count of Monte Cristo. I loved Edmond Dantes character and the intrinsic web of revenge that was woven into this story. I was unable to put it down. I'd tried reading this book 10 years ago and was glad I picked it up again.
Kelly D. reviewed The Count of Monte Cristo (Abridged) on
This book is an amazing adventure story. Dont be daunted by the size. Once you are reading you wont want to put it down. Dumas develops his characters in depth and is witty and sarcastic at times when narrating about him.
A must read.
Ever since Musketeers, Dumas instantly became one of my top 5 authors. The good thing about the abridged version is that its perfect for kids or adults with litle time to spare. Swashbuckling action and sizzling Romance make this a book that works for both guys and gals. The beauty of Hugo is that he always put in something for everyone.
Carrie W. reviewed The Count of Monte Cristo (Abridged) on
I had this new audio version (1998 Blackstone) recommended to me and agree that it was very well read. The reader (John Lee) was very good at creating appropriate voices for each character and maintaining them throughout the story. He kept my attention for the entire 37 disk/49ish hours --- so that's saying something. Every time a character uttered, "ma fois!" it made me smile to hear him say it with the proper dandy accent.
The thought amuses me that I now know how to pronounce all of the French names of characters and locations in the story...but probably won't recognize them in print!
I have read this book once before but I did not remember it well. I did not remember how over dramatic most of the characters were, always trying to kill themselves! No one wanted to take accountability for their bad choices in their lives. Oh, the romantic novels! It did not seem that the Count needed to work very hard to take his revenge. The characters were already pretty corrupted.
Four stars because this is an abridged edition. Otherwise, it captures the feel of The Count of Monte Cristo quite well and cuts out some of the leisurely pace and unwinding. Which really might be better if you plan to read it again... and again; in the unabridged version, sometimes you felt like saying, "All right, get to the point," and this version does it for you. Other than that, a decent version. Beautiful trade-sized hardcover book. Very classy looking on a bookshelf.
This is probably one of the best books ever written. Do yourself a favor, take the time to read the unabridged version of this book. It is well worth it. Seriously, if you haven't read this, you're missing out.
I first read this book my senior year in high school. Now, 51 years later, it remains one of the most compeling, can't-put-it-down, books I have ever read. It is no wonder Dumas has passed down through the generations with avid fans accummulating year after year.
Holy crap! That was a long book! I loved the movie and was reluctant yet excited to read the book. In a way, it was better than the movie, but at the same time, the movie was just as good. I definately enjoyed the depth of the story that was written, but felt that a lot of it could have been skipped. I think if I ever reread it, it will be the abridged version, just to see what was left out. To see if it is what I would have been glad to have seen cut. Anyway, a good book, but I'd probably recommend the abridged version.
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO is a definitive journey-of-the-soul narrative.
Edmond Dantésa young Frenchman who was freshly promoted on the job and was on the eve of marrying his beloved sweetheart Mercédèsis wrongfully accused, imprisoned and condemned to suffer for fourteen long years in the Château d'If before good fortune befalls him and he escapes to become the great Count of Monte Cristo, and continues his spiritual growth through an elaborate plot for vengeance against the men who were responsible for his wrongful imprisonment.
There were lots of key elements in this story that speak to the ultimate truth about life itself. Particularly at the end with Maximilien, who goes through a "death" experience of giving up the world only to find that it leads him to the reward of his heart's desire.
This is a very deep tale for those with the eyes to see that Alexandre Dumas wrote much more than just a mere story with this work.
I don't think this book is for everyone. The writing style is dated and not the most accessible prose for modern readers. I also felt that many of the middle chapters could've been left out without losing too muchbut I can understand the length given the fact that the author initially wrote the story in a series of installments.
Although it took me well over a year to complete the experience of this novel, in the end, I think it was most definitely worth the time and I can certainly understand why the story has endured for over 170 years. A-